On Wednesday morning, the Guam Department of Education started distributing laptops to students.
John F. Kennedy High School was one of the first schools to do the laptop distributions for GDOE’s distance learning.
GDOE spokesperson Isa Baza explains the procedure for the laptop distribution and who qualifies.
“Today, we had some students who were contacted by the school to let them know they were selected, they were able to drive in, they set up an appointment. They kind of had an orientation where they watched videos to learn about what they need to know about taking care of the laptops, and what to do if there are any issues,” Baza said.
She added that the students will be enrolled in a Google class so they’ll have quick access to updates any time they need to bring in the laptops or communicate with the school.
“Then they also need to fill up some forms from the school and also have an overview of how to log in. They also received a laptop bag. It was a quick, about 20-minute process and we had them in and out. This is the second day in distributing the laptops and they’ll be doing this, I think, every day until they distribute all the laptops,” Baza said.
GDOE’s laptop distribution program is aimed at providing students who need computers for their distance learning work. The distribution is based on need and not necessarily on a first-come, first-served basis.
The laptop application will ask whether students have access to the internet, a reliable power supply, and whether or not they have access to devices at home.
“We’re going to really prioritize the students who need the laptops the most,” Baza said.
Baza also said that safety is a priority and GDOE schools are still generally closed outside of the laptop, food, and hard copy packet distributions.
JFK High school may be the first to get the laptops but other middle and high schools are already collecting applications and will be contacting the students directly to schedule appointments.
Baza emphasizes that interested families should contact schools over the phone or e-mail on how to apply or schedule an appointment if they’ve been selected.